I am helping a friend remove an old bathroom cabinet located above her toilet. I figured it would just be screws. But when i got there, there were NO signs of the cabinet being screwed onto the wall. It looks like it was GLUED on??? is this possible? She lives in an old apartment building. Possibly built in the 50s or 60s. I looked on line and apaparently, that was a common thing in those days...glued on cabinets on plaster.
if so, how do we remove it without severely damaging the wall?
Interesting. I would wonder how the glue would hold the weight of the cabinet and the contents.
Perhaps the screws (if they exist) have been counter sunk and covered over. Use a decent magnet to see if there are any screws along the side or back. If so, you can probably just "dig out" whatever the fill is and hopefully use a screwdriver to get the screws out.
If it is glued, you may be able to use a utility knife and putty knife (scraper) to gently break the bond of the glue. There will probably be some damage but hopefully it will be minimal.
I hope this helps.
Brett Barager, MSW, CHI
(A Division of Lone-Wolf Enterprises)
If you do have wall damage when you remove the cabinet it would be preferable if you do not use regular drywall compound to repair the damage as it may not adhere to plaster very well.
Use a product such as Durabond which will provide great adhesion to the existing wall. It may be a different name in Western Canada. check with your local stores.
The best thing to do is to score the perimetre of the cabinet with a knife and see if this helps to break the bond of the glue somewhat. I highly doubt you will get it off without some damage to the plaster if it has held on for this long.
Durabond, as mentioned in another post, is a great product for what you will need to fix the plaster.
Perhaps covering it with a different, more modern and practical cabinet will also help cover the damaged and fixed portion of the wall.
Of course, that would be a quick fix for someone without a budget to get it patched properly. It shouldn't cost too much at all to have it patched and ready to repaint.
Hope this helps,
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